Green councillor astonished at latest delay in landmark high school in Edinburgh

Local Green councillor Melanie Main has said she is astonished at the latest delay in the opening of the new Boroughmuir High School at Fountainbridge in Edinburgh.

One of the most popular schools in Edinburgh and Scotland, as a whole, the new school was originally scheduled to be opened in August 2016.  But, as delays have mounted, this has been postponed first to October 2016, then to Christmas 2016, then February 2017 and now August 2017.

MelanieMainLocal Green councillor and Green education spokesperson Melanie Main said:

“The first priority for any new school building has to be that it is safe and fit for purpose on day one. And I don’t doubt that officers have come to the right conclusion to delay the opening – now for the fourth time.

“However, I am astonished at how this has been handled. The contractor appointed is building a school in Scotland for the first time and, it appears, has really struggled with ground conditions and weather – things that could and should have been anticipated.

“There has been an increasing sense of excitement in the school community about the move so it is really disappointing to see yet more delay.

“After the dust has settled, lessons need to be learned.”